5 signs your heart is changing during menopause

Each year, more than a million women in the United States go through menopause, when a woman stops menstruating and hasn’t had a period for 12 consecutive months. When thinking about menopause, hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and night sweats may come to mind. But heart disease – the number 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths per year, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) – should also be at the top of the list of health problems related to menopause.

The risk of heart disease increases with age for both men and women. “But there are heart disease risk factors especially associated with ovarian aging,” says Chrisandra Shufelt MD, associate director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Women’s Health in Jacksonville, Florida, which is the complex process characterized by changes in hormone levels that occur, which ends with menopause. Aging ovaries produce less estrogen and follicle-stimulating hormone; a drop in these hormones is linked to the risk of heart disease.

Here is a rundown of the risks associated with heart disease in menopausal women and what you can do to reduce the risk.

When estrogen levels drop, the body goes haywire

High cholesterol

Menopause brings about harmful changes in cholesterol and fat in the blood, which can lead to arteriosclerosis that clogs the arteries.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.